A Prince on Paper by Alyssa Cole

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Genre: Romance

The Reluctant Royals series returns with a good girl searching for the life that’s not too big, and not too small, and the bad boy prince who might be just right for her…

Nya Jerami fled Thesolo for the glitz and glamour of NYC but discovered that her Prince Charming only exists in her virtual dating games. When Nya returns home for a royal wedding, she accidentally finds herself up close and personal—in bed—with the real-life celebrity prince who she loves to hate.

For Johan von Braustein, the red-headed step-prince of Liechtienbourg, acting as paparazzi bait is a ruse that protects his brother—the heir to the throne—and his own heart. When a royal referendum threatens his brother’s future, a fake engagement is the perfect way to keep the cameras on him.

Nya and Johan both have good reasons to avoid love, but as desires are laid bare behind palace doors, they must decide if their fake romance will lead to a happily-ever-after.

A Prince on Paper was an enjoyable read for me. I’ll take a love story about an African princess ANY DAY!

Nya is used to living her love life through virtual gaming, so when she has to put the games down and direct her real love life, she finds out that it’s nothing like the games. Not to mention, it’s a little creepy to play a game based on making the prince fall in love with you when the actual prince is falling in love with you in real life.

A Prince on Paper was a fun, light read with lots of swoon-worthy moments. I curled up on a rainy afternoon and devoured this novel.

Nya and Jerami’s relationship was the perfect example for how your first impressions of someone can be completely wrong and cause you to put them in a box that they may not belong in. It’s important to truly get to know someone rather than letting a single encounter frame the way that you perceive them.

The dynamics of family relationships played heavily in this novel as well. As someone with a large and nosey (oops, I mean close?) family, I understand how family plays a large part in the roles we play and the expectations we have for ourselves.

It was refreshing to see Nya and Johan both step out of the roles that they were playing that they felt they were forced into or were playing in order to protect the ones they love.

A Prince on Paper offered diversity in race, ethnicity, gender, and sexuality in a way that didn’t seem forced and didn’t seem tokenized.

I read and ARC of A Prince on Paper thanks to Net Galley in exchange for an honest review. I’m happy to know that this is a book in a series and will definitely be reading the other books in this series.

Have you read any of the Reluctant Royals novels? Share your thoughts below!

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